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francisco entertainment commission. he is living a very busy life. so i have the philippine consulate staff. where are you? they make our lives easier by helping us out with all the registrations and the packets. the little bags that you got. wasn't it great? filipino women, hey. there is somebody very important to the filipino community who is here tonight. as you know, as many of you know, domestic -- we have the filipina women's network that has a domestic violence campaign. it started in the 1980's when a filipino woman was murdered in
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front of her two children by her boyfriend. that really galvanized the community, because her alleged murderer at that time escaped to mexico. and we had a quest to make sure that justice was served. her mother, who was not here tonight, really championed the cause and got the filipina women's network involved. the district attorney's office has held the filipina women's network, and as a community, and i think it is fought -- signed an mou with the philippine consulate. i want to introduce the district attorney of san francisco who has been interest -- instrumental in helping the community reduce crime against women. george, the district attorney, yay. [cheers and applause] >> quickly, it is an honor being here today and sharing this moment.
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i have seen some many influential members of this community and women of substance in recognized as part of the filipino community but i am honored to be here today. this week, we signed a historical agreement between my office and the philippine council. and the purpose of the agreement is to get the district attorney's office and are committed to closer to the filipino community to make sure we help vulnerable victims, people who may not be willing to come to the police or may not be willing to report crimes or report when someone else is being victimized, especially victims of domestic violence, the elderly, and immigrants who may not be sure about how to navigate the american system. we're very proud to have a historical agreement, the first one in the country. what an appropriate day to announce it here with you. so congratulations to all of you. thank you so much. [applause] >> so let's recognize all of you
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who have come a long way. who traveled the farthest to san francisco? guam, there you go. whoo-hoo. the director of the labor department from guam, all the way. ok, thank you for coming. who is the next? washington. wait a minute -- hawaii. ok, washington state. ok. oh, washington, d.c. wait a minute, is that further than hawaii? ok, washington, d.c., hawaii. how many people from hawaiiy fromay. i think there is somebody from kansas. there she is. where is alaska? catherine, yes, from alaska.
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where is she? where is catherine? oh, there she is drinking. yeah, all the way from juneau, alaska. we have a special assistant to the ceo and beneficial a city council, a woman of juneau, alaska. who else? where? georgia. who is from georgia? oh, georgia, yes. there is april from georgia. she was our tech person, helping with all the presentations. new york, ok. whoo-hoo-hoo. who else iso elseh, new york, ok, i see you. we have somebody from pittsburg. who else?
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texas. yay, ok. who else? what other states are represented? oregon. where is maria? maria is from oregon, right? oh, washington state, sorry. who else? ok, good old california. san francisco, daly city, concord, danville, oakland, vallejo, san diego. oh, we have the honorable arlee from san diego. come on, thank you. who else?
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hercules, california, yay. you know, this evening is really the mayor's reception, the san francisco bay area mayor's reception. did you know that there are three women members of fwn and honorees of the 100 most influential filipino women are mayors in the san francisco bay area? yay. i want to call up here -- come on up here, mayor of hercules, california. she was in the summit in 2006. do you want to tell the story ? >> congratulations to the 100
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most influential filipino women. i attended first in 2006. and i was a planning commissioner then and i wanted to quit politics. i hated politics. but the summit inspired me. and merilee kept saying we needed more women in visible and a mainstream positions in government, commissions, and councils. so i was recognized in 2009, a couple of years ago. i was inspired by mayor joanne el rosario and the other women mayors around. so last year, i decided to run. and i won in november, not even a year. and little did i know, i was running into a burning building. hercules was crumbling.
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in january, the mayor resigned, so i became vice mayor. and then the rico movement happened and i became the mayor in june. [applause] the fastest rise of anybody i know. we had a lot of problems. we had to lay off people, cut the budget, cut parks and wreck. our meetings were overflowing. we had to rally the community around as peter it is an ongoing thing, but we're turning it around. i am glad that i did not quit, thanks to the filipino womens' network who has inspired me and kept me on track. i never thought i would do this. thank you very much. [applause] >> we love you. in 2006, fwn hosted a victory
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party. there were about four women that won the elections at that time. one of them was a jill wynns del rosario. it is interesting -- joanne del rosario. it was interesting at the time because i invited her to the party, and she said, no, i did not want to jinx my election. she said i do not want to go to the victory party because it is only a difference of a few ballads. it was held at the philippine consulate. i walked in and there she was. and i said, you must have won because you're here. so joanne, come on here. yeah. [applause] she was selected one of the 100 most influential filipina women in 2009. [applause]
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>> good evening, everyone, and congratulations to all of you. it is an honor for me to be here tonight. i have to say, the most gracious complement that anyone can ever give you is when it they say that i was there inspiration or i was their role model, and i thank you for saying that. because back in 2006 when i ran, in no idea what was going to be like. it was sort of put on me by accident. at the time, my brother was the ambassador to the united states in washington, d.c. and i began to circulate in the community as he came to visit the bay area. and when he did, people were saying, oh, you have a sister that lives in the bay area --
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why does she not run? i thought, right? what do i know about running? so i did. i did run in my small town of coma, and i won that year. i was running in a town where people stay in their seats forever. that was a big plus at the time. [applause] thank you. so when i ran, i did not realize the impact of regaining my position and how that would affect the whole community, especially the filipino american community. a later on found out that i was not only the first mayor of colma, filipina mayor of colma, but also the first filipina mayor in the nine bay area counties. [applause] and now, six years later, on my second term, look at how many other women are in elected
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positions. so kudos to all of them. [applause] anyway, i would just like to add that i hope you'll enjoy this next few days with the fwn. you have the opportunity here to learn, to network, to make new friends and acquaintances. and believe me, you will walk out of here with such a great feeling, because you have bonded with your filipina sisters to the i am sure that all of you who have thoughts about perhaps going further or doing something else more important, you'll walk out of here with the confidence to know that you can do it and it can be done. thank you. [applause] >> the third filipina mayor, but she cannot be here, was the mayor for davis, california for at least two terms. has not come back from the philippines yet. she is retired now. she was there for a conference.
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she is not here. that is ruth. congratulations, and hooray for the three filipina women who have become mayors in the san francisco bay area. i want to recognize all those who have achieved and our commissioners. we are about building a pipeline of qualified and talented filipina leaders, because we know we have the experience, the background, and the capabilities to reach the level of leadership. among to recognize quickly the judge from nevada, a judge cheryl moss. we have judge moran was recently appointed by governor brown. she is administrative director for workers' comp. we have a member of the san francisco redevelopment commission. i told you about al from the entertainment commission. there you go.
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raise your hand, ladies. [unintelligible] elected to the union city council, the highest number of votes. [applause] and let's see, anybody else that i am missing? do not be shy. you are filipina, and you're the 100 most influential. and i am really proud now to introduce to you somebody that we actually, you know, at a party with joanne. she is the president of the san francisco school board, education adviser to the mayor of san francisco, and she gets the highest number of votes in the last election in san francisco, over 100,000 votes. come on over here. [applause]
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>> it is always bittersweet to say that i am the first filipina ever elected in san francisco, because we need so many more. i cannot tell you how happy i am to be standing in front of so many beautiful, powerful, an amazing filipinas. and we want to welcome you to our house. this is city hall. it is funny because we had the latino heritage but happening next door and then the filipina women's network here. you bring them together and you get my children. [laughter] i have been torn, running back and forth, because it is a wonderful celebration. this afternoon, for those of us who were able to be at the luncheon, justice tawny is so amazing and there wilwonderful. she is one of my favorite filipinas. she really brings pride to all
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of us. it reminded me who we are in not only our communities but in our families. we're grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and wives. we are nieces and grandchildren. it is just remarkable who we are and of the footprint that we're going to leave. i was an award recipients in 2009. that was probably one of my proudest moments. i am getting cherry i when i think about it. my parents came down from seattle, and my parents have no idea what i do. all they know is that i show up on christmas and i bring gifts, but they have no idea what i do. so to stand amongst filipina 100 other amongsts and have it -- to stand up amongst one hand -- hundreds of other amazing filipinas with my parents that there was wonderful. the gala will be fabulous.
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but we are women, and we're women of color. and we are leaders. i do not want any of you to ever forget that. because we're leaders, we always have people behind us that support us to make sure that the doors are open for us, that we're given the supports that we need, and that we're recognized on a regular basis. because we need to be recognized, because we do not get recognized enough, not only as filipinas but as women the biggest a proud to have had the opportunity to work side-by- side with this person is our city administration and now under him in the lee administration. my boss has been fantastic, a true supporter of women, a true leader around immigrate families and a true leader of around the needs of our committees today as a proud to work for mayor lee. welcome to city hall. he is here to say a few words and to welcome all of you here, because you are here from all
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over the country. but you not see another major as wonderful as mayor lee and how supportive he has been to be filipino community. so please join me in welcoming our mayor, mayor edwin lee. [applause] >> thank you. well, welcome, everyone. tonight, a very special. you know, some of you know that i used to work at the asian law caucus, and we had a really tight relationship with the filipino community. at that time, my counterpart and i were in together. we always worked on h1 issues and immigration issues. he always told me about hanoi power, but he never explained to me panai power. what is that all about -- he never explained to me pinay power. i want to welcome everybody from all across the country who is
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here. i also want to make sure recognize -- because we had the mayor of hercules, right? myrna, my counterpart, thank you very much. we have the former mayor of the sleepy town of colma. thank you for being here. and also the former mayor of davis. thank you. [applause] i wanted to recognize my immediate counterparts and welcome all of you here to san francisco. you know, talking about pinay power -- [pronunciation corrected. ok, i will get that all day tomorrow. i have been very fortunate. i have been very lucky to work with hydra. not only does she know
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everything that is going on, she knows everything that i am not supposed to know. she was telling me about all these nice relationships that occurred that i do not even know about. also, i wanted to recognize the president of the filipina women's network. mayor lee has been a great leader, too. but when i have a chance to promote and appoint people into powerful positions, i chose her for the redistricting committee for san francisco. [cheers and applause] she is going to do a great job, you know that? that is a powerful committee, because they are going to redistrict san francisco to determine where the equity is for people, where the immigrants are, where the needs are, and to reshape our political boundaries. with her and with hydra working in the school district, i got pinay power all over the place. [cheers and applause]
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but i think there will be a lot more opportunities as well. i will be looking for those opportunities, because i want you to succeed. i need everybody to work at their best, to be in the leadership positions. a lot more women are going to be appointed in my administration. it just happens to be, they seem to always be the smarter one. [laughter] we have three women on the board of supervisors, and there were the first three people that told me i should reconsider and run for mayor of san francisco. so i consider them as being the people that forecast was should happen. but i also want to let you know that i support your goal. i know the filipina women's network wants to make sure that we doubled the number of filipina leaders for 2012. that is a great goal. we will do that. we will help you do that. we will make sure that not only
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do you get the support of this great city, but we are an international city. we can promote even more here on a national scale. just because you're from washington, d.c., or las vegas, you can also look to san francisco for support and leadership as well. because we are a national and international city. we want to support all the filipina women across the country to succeed. that is a great gold, and i want to be part of that. [applause] thank you. i know my wife anita is very excited peter she participated in the luncheon today. i hear she is starting her own group, wow. so it was not just her love for the food. [laughter] i know the building strong committees that begins with people sacrificing as individuals. i'm not to let you know that not only with hydra and marily, with
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so many leaders, we have a chance to promote people. we have a chance to support you. it is exciting to see business changing, the glass ceiling breaking, and you're going to help us break the bias'. i learned about the bias' at the asian law caucus. we wanted equity and family reunification in our immigration policy. we finally got back here with the california dream act that the governor just signed. that was wonderful. [applause] that is going to help so many of our kids get equity and education. that is one of the pillars. but you will work on the pillars. the colors and there's this still exist. barriers in government as well as in business. barriers in education. all of that, i think is going to be so open for you to work on. i want to be there with you.
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i want to congratulate the 100 most influential filipina women and congratulate you for your skills and your contributions. thank you for being here. to my pleasure to welcome the most powerful pinay power leaders. pinay. [applause] thank you very much for being here in san francisco. i wish you great success with this conference and getting together. thank you very much. [applause]
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>> did you know, and some of you do, i know. do you know that the first known philippine note to come to
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america were actually ship workers who jumped ship in st. malo, louisiana? and what they did was, true to form, they created a shrimp industry in louisiana. they tried the shrimp harvest in louisiana, which is equivalent to the good old filipino hippie, right? because there's no refrigeration in the philippines, we would try everything. we dried the fish and shrimp. this is through history. st. malo, louisiana, the first known filipino immigration. thank you. number two, i think that we honor those women


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